“Sometimes people come into your life for a moment, a day, or a lifetime. It matters not the time they spent with you but how they impacted your life in that time.” -Unknown
It was fall of 2013 and I had joined a local gym to step up my workouts as I prepared for the Mrs. Maine America Pageant in the spring of 2014. For the first two weeks I stayed pretty quiet in the classes but I noticed a girl across the room that seemed very bubbly and kind. Finally at the three week mark I noticed she was wearing the Tiffany and Company bead bracelet just like I was so I decided to bring it up. The simple question of, “Is that the Tiffany bead bracelet?” sparked plenty more conversations and a friendship.
Once the pageant was over I went back to my regular noon day workouts at my place of employment and stopped working out twice a day. We stayed in touch but didn’t get to see each other as often. We would still send texts from time to time and check in. Fast forward to December 2016 and she reached out saying she was interested in a job at Colby. I knew the particular position wasn’t a good fit but drew her attention to a position in the division I work in and told her she should consider applying. Two months later and she was working at Colby just like me.
Lisa has a heart of a gold and unfortunately life has thrown her some unfair curve balls. She lost her mom at the young age of 3 and then a year before coming to Colby to work her father was diagnosed with cancer. She, her twin sister, and brother took turns going to chemo appointments with her father and making sure he was as comfortable as he could be. Unfortunately, even with the courageous fight he gave cancer took his life in May. I remember not knowing the right words to say to Lisa and thinking how unfair it was that she isn’t even 30 yet and has loss both of her parents. It really put things into perspective for me. The days that followed proved the strong woman Lisa is. Only a few days after her father’s death she was back at work saying she needed to get back into a routine. I never met her father but was able to attend his service and from the words spoken about him I can see why Lisa is the thoughtful, kind person she is.
Just last week Lisa had the opportunity to join me for a work trip to New York City. This was her first time in NYC and since she loves Tiffany and Company too I knew we had to squeeze a visit to the flagship store into our trip. For my faithful readers, you know my husband gifted me with the Paloma Picasso Loving Heart Bar Pendant with our newborn daughter’s name engraved on it. As soon as Lisa saw it she commented on how she would love that necklace with her father’s initials engraved in it. A way to honor and remember him.
Lucky for her she was able to buy the necklace in NYC and have express machine engraving so we could pick it up the next day on our way to the airport before leaving the city. I was just as excited about the purchase as Lisa and the twinkle in her eye the day we picked it up made me extra happy. You’ll see from the photos above we both paired it with the Elsa Peretti Diamond by the Yard necklace.
This is another example of Tiffany and Company being part of so many moments in one’s life. Lisa will now have this necklace forever and always be reminded of her father. I feel lucky to have experienced this moment with her.
Now I want to hear from you. Share with me a significant moment(s) in your life that Tiffany and Company was present.